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Unfortunate Connection Between Porn and Sexual Assaults

Connection between Porn and Sexually Violent Crimes 

The porn industry would have you believe that it is actually a harmless form of entertainment that has no long-term effects whatsoever. Some interesting crime statistics would indicate otherwise, showing that there is indeed a link between engaging in porn and sexual violence.

The FBI reports that in 80 percent of its violent sex crimes, pornography is found either at the scene of the crime or at the home of the perpetrator. The Michigan State Police Department has said that pornography is used or imitated in 41 percent of all the sex crimes they investigate. In addition, the University of New Hampshire’s research shows that states that have a high readership of pornographic magazines also have the highest rates of sexual assault.

If that’s not enough to convince you, perhaps the words of convicted killer Ted Bundy will. In an interview shortly before his execution, Bundy proclaimed that the “most damaging kinds of pornography are the ones that involve sexual violence”, and stated that it tended to bring about behavior that even he thought “too terrible to describe.”

Several studies have shown that sexually-explicit material in general can lead to the notion that women are sexual objects designed only for male pleasure, and that part of “being a man” is acting on that fact. It also seems that men who become addicted to porn do so over a period of time, gradually requiring more explicit material in order to become stimulated. For this reason, the U.S. Army recently launched a “smut campaign” as part of its effort to reduce the number of sexual assaults among service members.